Do Essential Oils Work for Nail Fungus?

Podiatrists have heard of every home remedy for nail fungus. By the time the patient actually sees us they are usually sick and tired of trying absolutely everything under the sun to no avail. Let’s look at the most popular home remedy for nail fungus, essential oils, and explain exactly why they just don’t cut it.


Essential oils are probably the hottest new trend in home remedies. Not to say that some essential oils don’t have medicinal properties. Anyone who has ever been to a spa can tell you that the scent of eucalyptus essential oils is very relaxing and can lower your stress levels. However, when it comes to treating nail fungus the healing properties of essential oils are heavily limited.


Whether it be tea tree, lavender or any other essential oil with antifungal properties, they all have little effect, and it’s not even their fault. The reason essential oils don’t work is because of the way nail fungus spreads and grows. Fungus thrives in warm, wet and dark areas, and the part of your nail that is beneath the skin is an ideal place for nail fungus to run rampant. Unfortunately you just can’t apply these essential oils under the nail. No matter how much improvement you see on the nail, the fungus will continue to grow back as the nail grows out.


While essential oils may not cure nail fungus your podiatrist has several options that are effective at ridding you of this persistent problem. At Ankle & Foot Associates we prefer laser nail treatment. It is not only effective, but has no side effects and is a painless, in-office procedure. You can read more about our laser nail treatments here.

You Might Also Enjoy...

3 of the Most Common Risk Factors of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that causes discomfort in your heel. It’s most evident in the morning, and it can interfere with routine activity. You’ve heard people complain about plantar fasciitis and heel pain — are you at risk?

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

It may not surprise you to hear, but complications from diabetes are the top cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the US.

Plantar Fasciitis Pain

As podiatrists, we often hear the general complaint of “heel pain” or a pain underneath the foot that is sharp when first standing and walking, but as time goes on the pain will dissipate.

Morton's Neuroma

Have you ever felt like there was a pebble in your shoe, or that your sock keeps bunching up under your foot? You may be experiencing the early stages of a neuroma.